A young woman in her mid-20s, identified as Jennifer Nwokocha, from Umuekenyike, Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, was strangled to death in a hotel room along Woji Road, GRA Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The unidentified killer reportedly fled the scene after carrying out the dastardly act. The deceased was discovered lying lifeless in a hotel room with a white piece of cloth around her neck. No one knows the exact time of death, as the body of the deceased was only found on Thursday morning inside the hotel room when a staff used the master key to gain access into the room to begin the sanitation for the day.
A relative of the victim, who spoke anonymously to newsmen, said that the deceased was also a staff of the hotel she was murdered in, adding that he did not know exactly her job description at the hotel.
"The victim was my niece, I knew that she was working in that hotel, but I don’t know her job there.
“Her late father was a former Agip Oil Company Staff, but after he died, Jennifer had been having disagreements with her stepmother because she refused to give her a part of the severance pay of her late father, and as a result, she had to carter for her needs,” he said.
Another source at the hotel, who also declared anonymity, disclosed to newsmen that when the victim’s corpse was found, the killer was nowhere to be found.
“The victim was discovered on Thursday morning after the hotel room service knocked the door several times but there wasn’t any response.
“The room service alerted the management and they used a spare key to open the door, only to find the woman already dead inside with a piece of white cloth around her neck, whereas her partner was nowhere to be found.”
The police spokesman in the state, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident. He also indicated to the press that investigations are already on and some related persons have been apprehended in connection to the murder.
“Investigation had commenced into the incident, some persons had been picked, they are helping the police in unraveling the crime and to identify the culprits,” Nnamdi said.